Herriman Lake Trail

The Herriman Lake Trail is 13 miles with loops. More than half of the trail is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) where permits are required. The Dovre Lake loop passes through mature red and white pines among rock outcrops. The Herriman Lake loop is a blaze of fall colors at the end of September. The Echo River stretch has scenic views of oxbows along the river.

There are lots of exposed rocks and roots and the trail may cross a beaver dam. Be especially careful where there is long grass covering the dam. In ledge rock areas, watch for rock cairns that mark the trail. Map and compass skills are recommended for users of this trail.

Downloadable information and map

Additional map

At a Glance

Permit Info: Permits are required year round for day and overnight travel throughout the BWCAW.   
Restrictions: For rules and regulations, see the BWCAW Trip Planning Guide.
Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Boil or filter water
Restroom: Wilderness latrines at campsites
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


Overnight parking allowed.


Herriman Lake trailhead is located 27 miles northeast of Orr, MN.

  • From Orr, take St. Louis County 23 to Buyck (16 miles).
  • At Buyck County 23 turns into County 24.
  • Continue on County 24 for 9 miles to County 424.
  • Turn right, 1½ miles to the trailhead.
  • Parking area is on the left, trail is across the road on the right. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking


Overnight hikers must camp at a campsite (see map) or at least 150 feet from the trail or lakeshore. There are 3 backcountry campsites on the trail. Permit required when entering the BWCAW (see above). 


From the parking lot, hike 1/3 of a mile to the Echo River Picnic Site. This scenic day-use site is not in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).


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